Grant

Support Structures for CSOs at the Regional Level in Croatia

Funded by EuropeAid Co-operation Office - EuropeAID
Location Croatia
Status
Deadline
Express interest by 18 Mar 2013

 
1.    SUPPORT STRUCTURES FOR CSOS AT THE REGIONAL LEVEL1.1.    BACKGROUNDThe Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) was established by Council Regulation EC No 1085/2006 of 17 July 2006. It provides the overall framework within which pre-accession assistance will be made available to both candidate and potential candidate countries. Overall, EU assistance to Croatia has evolved from post-war re-construction and humanitarian aid (in the late 1990s) through stabilisation and association support (CARDS programme) to the use of three pre-accession programmes (Phare, ISPA and SAPARD) for 2005 and 2006.As of 2007, all components of the IPA programme are open to Croatia and are to provide assistance to build institutional capacity for the efficient implementation of the acquis communautaire as well as to prepare for the management of the Structural and Cohesion Funds upon accession. In bringing together pre-accession assistance across a range of instruments, IPA consists of five Components. Component IV - Human Resource Development, and the accompanying Operational Programme for Human Resources Development 2007 – 2013 (HRDOP)     - shall contribute to strengthening economic and social cohesion as well as to the priorities of the European Employment Strategy in the field of social inclusion, education and training and employment. The HRDOP is designed to assist the candidate countries in policy development and to prepare them for the implementation and management of the Community’s Cohesion policy, in particular the European Social Fund (ESF). The grant scheme Support Structures for CSOs at the Regional Level is developed under the Priority Axis 5: Strengthening the Role of Civil Society for Better Governance and is designed to strengthen the role of civil society organisations for socio-economic growth and democratic development. Strategic framework for civil society development for the period 2012 – 2016 is set in the National Strategy for the Creation of an Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development , based on a broad consensus among civil society and government representatives. The measures set in the Strategy are to ensure adequate legislative, administrative and social conditions for the development and agency of civil society, as a fully independent and highly relevant social agent for social innovation, promotion of participatory democracy, protection of human rights and competent and efficient monitoring of public policies in the context of Croatia’s final phase of accession to the EU and its immediate aftermath. In spite of the solid institutional, legal and financial framework for civil society development in the Republic of Croatia, there is still a high level of inequality in terms of the development of CSOs across Croatian regions and local communities. This condition is a consequence of a general unbalanced development of different Croatian regions, lack of capacities of many local and regional governments to develop a strategic cooperation with civil society actors, and insufficient capacities of the latter to take a full advantage of existing opportunities for their financing and development. Moreover, there is a disproportionately high number of civil society organisations concentrated within the four main regional urban centres (Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Osijek), which contributes further to the regional disparities in the development of civil society organisations. Local communities are faced with increasing responsibilities to provide for their own wellbeing and development. With fewer resources, communities need more successful ways of uniting  people and resources. Community capacity can be thought of as the collection of knowledge, skills, and resources community members possess and use to work together to identify, pursue, and achieve shared goals, and CSOs can play a vital role in building quality networks on local levels that will boost local social development, and active citizens’ participation in solving local problems. Even though the level of (socio-) economic development of particular regions to some extent correlates with the development of civil society organisations, the latter highly depends also on the willingness of local and regional authorities to recognize the benefits of making partnerships with civil society organisations and to include them into the local/regional policy-making processes. In Croatia, there is currently no legal or institutional mechanism in existence, whereby a framework for a systematic involvement of civil society organisations into the various aspects of local and regional development would be provided. Although, there are some examples of existing civil society – local authority cross sectoral bodies (forums, or councils), more efforts need to be put in strengthening their work and developing new forms of cooperation. This can be done by using the Council for Civil Society Development as a model, or by developing new, innovative ways of cooperation.Additionally, the Call for Proposals aims to reduce regional differences and address barriers to accessing human rights (especially of vulnerable groups, such as minority groups, the homeless, unemployed, children without adequate parental care, young people, mentally ill persons, or groups at risk of poverty and social exclusion in general) due to lack of investments in some communities, as well as climate and geographic obstacles, by encouraging activities that will contribute to prevailing problems of accessing social rights due to physical remoteness and distance areas. The Call will encourage activities aimed at ensuring equal regional development by developing projects of cooperation with local stakeholders - local and regional self-government units, public institutions, social services providers based on local needs assessments. The cooperation of local stakeholders may be implemented by strengthening existing and/or establishing new local bodies for cooperation, introducing innovative tools and models of CSOs and citizens’ participation in decision-making, as well as by developing the capacity of CSOs at local levels to effectively address citizens’ needs. In order to ensure equal regional development in creating sustainable mechanisms to reach the stated objectives of the Call, it will aim to ensure the implementation of Actions in as many Croatian counties as possible.The expected outcomes of the actions financed are: improved communications among community members; greater civic participation in community decision-making and action; and economic development/job creation.
 

 

Contracting Authority: National Foundation for Civil Society Development
Support Structures for CSOs at the Regional Level
Guidelines
for grant applicants

Operational Programme Human Resource Development, Second Version, Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance, 2007HR05IPO001

Reference: EuropeAid/133646/M/ACT/HR
Deadline for submission of Concept note: 18 March 2013

1.    SUPPORT STRUCTURES FOR CSOS AT THE REGIONAL LEVEL
1.1.    BACKGROUND
The Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) was established by Council Regulation EC No 1085/2006 of 17 July 2006. It provides the overall framework within which pre-accession assistance will be made available to both candidate and potential candidate countries. Overall, EU assistance to Croatia has evolved from post-war re-construction and humanitarian aid (in the late 1990s) through stabilisation and association support (CARDS programme) to the use of three pre-accession programmes (Phare, ISPA and SAPARD) for 2005 and 2006.
As of 2007, all components of the IPA programme are open to Croatia and are to provide assistance to build institutional capacity for the efficient implementation of the acquis communautaire as well as to prepare for the management of the Structural and Cohesion Funds upon accession. In bringing together pre-accession assistance across a range of instruments, IPA consists of five Components. Component IV - Human Resource Development, and the accompanying Operational Programme for Human Resources Development 2007 – 2013 (HRDOP)     - shall contribute to strengthening economic and social cohesion as well as to the priorities of the European Employment Strategy in the field of social inclusion, education and training and employment. The HRDOP is designed to assist the candidate countries in policy development and to prepare them for the implementation and management of the Community’s Cohesion policy, in particular the European Social Fund (ESF).
The grant scheme Support Structures for CSOs at the Regional Level is developed under the Priority Axis 5: Strengthening the Role of Civil Society for Better Governance and is designed to strengthen the role of civil society organisations for socio-economic growth and democratic development.
Strategic framework for civil society development for the period 2012 – 2016 is set in the National Strategy for the Creation of an Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development , based on a broad consensus among civil society and government representatives. The measures set in the Strategy are to ensure adequate legislative, administrative and social conditions for the development and agency of civil society, as a fully independent and highly relevant social agent for social innovation, promotion of participatory democracy, protection of human rights and competent and efficient monitoring of public policies in the context of Croatia’s final phase of accession to the EU and its immediate aftermath.
In spite of the solid institutional, legal and financial framework for civil society development in the Republic of Croatia, there is still a high level of inequality in terms of the development of CSOs across Croatian regions and local communities. This condition is a consequence of a general unbalanced development of different Croatian regions, lack of capacities of many local and regional governments to develop a strategic cooperation with civil society actors, and insufficient capacities of the latter to take a full advantage of existing opportunities for their financing and development. Moreover, there is a disproportionately high number of civil society organisations concentrated within the four main regional urban centres (Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Osijek), which contributes further to the regional disparities in the development of civil society organisations. Local communities are faced with increasing responsibilities to provide for their own wellbeing and development. With fewer resources, communities need more successful ways of uniting  people and resources. Community capacity can be thought of as the collection of knowledge, skills, and resources community members possess and use to work together to identify, pursue, and achieve shared goals, and CSOs can play a vital role in building quality networks on local levels that will boost local social development, and active citizens’ participation in solving local problems. Even though the level of (socio-) economic development of particular regions to some extent correlates with the development of civil society organisations, the latter highly depends also on the willingness of local and regional authorities to recognize the benefits of making partnerships with civil society organisations and to include them into the local/regional policy-making processes. In Croatia, there is currently no legal or institutional mechanism in existence, whereby a framework for a systematic involvement of civil society organisations into the various aspects of local and regional development would be provided. Although, there are some examples of existing civil society – local authority cross sectoral bodies (forums, or councils), more efforts need to be put in strengthening their work and developing new forms of cooperation. This can be done by using the Council for Civil Society Development as a model, or by developing new, innovative ways of cooperation.
Additionally, the Call for Proposals aims to reduce regional differences and address barriers to accessing human rights (especially of vulnerable groups, such as minority groups, the homeless, unemployed, children without adequate parental care, young people, mentally ill persons, or groups at risk of poverty and social exclusion in general) due to lack of investments in some communities, as well as climate and geographic obstacles, by encouraging activities that will contribute to prevailing problems of accessing social rights due to physical remoteness and distance areas.
The Call will encourage activities aimed at ensuring equal regional development by developing projects of cooperation with local stakeholders - local and regional self-government units, public institutions, social services providers based on local needs assessments. The cooperation of local stakeholders may be implemented by strengthening existing and/or establishing new local bodies for cooperation, introducing innovative tools and models of CSOs and citizens’ participation in decision-making, as well as by developing the capacity of CSOs at local levels to effectively address citizens’ needs. In order to ensure equal regional development in creating sustainable mechanisms to reach the stated objectives of the Call, it will aim to ensure the implementation of Actions in as many Croatian counties as possible.
The expected outcomes of the actions financed are: improved communications among community members; greater civic participation in community decision-making and action; and economic development/job creation.

1.2.    OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME AND PRIORITY ISSUES
 
The global objective of this Call for Proposals is: to contribute to a balanced regional development of Croatian CSOs.
The specific objective (s) of this Call for Proposals are:
1.    to broaden the scope of regional support structures for CSOs through enhancing sustainable models of CSOs and citizen participation in local decision-making processes;
2.    to encourage local communities to develop sustainable participatory democracy mechanisms and integrated bottom-up approaches in responding to local challenges;
3.    to promote the sense of involvement and community ownership by increasing citizens’ and CSOs’ participation within communities.
  The priorities of this Call are:
1.    Building capacities of CSOs acting in partnership with local authorities to solve local community problems;
2.    Increasing community engagement of citizens;
3.    Development of innovative models of cooperation of CSOs, citizens and local self-government units in solving jointly identified local problems.  
Note: The Contracting Authority will assess the Applications using the principle of equal regional development aiming to ensure the implementation of Actions in as many counties possible.  
In the case where it is not possible to contract Actions in all Croatian counties due to insufficient quality or number of proposals received for all counties, the Contracting Authority reserves the right not to allocate the funds to Actions in all counties.

1.3.    FINANCIAL ALLOCATION PROVIDED BY THE CONTRACTING AUTHORITY

The overall indicative amount made available under this Call for Proposals is € 600.000. The Contracting Authority reserves the right not to award all available funds.

Size of grants
Any grant requested under this Call for Proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
•    minimum amount: € 30.000
•    maximum amount: € 60.000
Any grant requested under this Call for Proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum percentages of total eligible costs of the action:
•    Minimum percentage: 50 % of the total eligible costs of the action.
•    Maximum percentage: 85 % of the total eligible costs of the action (see also Section 2.1.4).
The balance (i.e. the difference between the total cost of the action and the amount requested from the Contracting Authority) must be financed from sources other than the European Union Budget or the European Development Fund .

2.2.    HOW TO APPLY AND THE PROCEDURES TO FOLLOW

Prior registration in PADOR for this Call for Proposals is not obligatory. Information in PADOR will not be drawn upon in the present Call.
2.2.1.    Concept Note content
Applications must be submitted in accordance with the Concept Note instructions in the Grant Application Form annexed to these Guidelines (Annex A).
Applicants must apply in English.
In the Concept Note, applicants must only provide an estimate of the amount of contribution requested from the Contracting Authority and an indicative percentage of that contribution in relation to the total amount of the Action. Only the applicant invited to submit a full application in the second phase will be required to present a detailed budget. The elements outlined in the Concept Note may not be modified by the applicant in the full application form. The EU contribution may not vary from the initial estimate by more than 20 %. Applicants are free to adapt the percentage of co-financing required within the minimum and maximum amount and percentages of co-financing, as laid down in these Guidelines in section 1.3. Own contributions by the applicants can be replaced by other donors’ contributions at any time.
Any error or major discrepancy related to the points listed in the Concept Note instructions may lead to the rejection of the Concept Note.
Clarifications will only be requested when information provided is unclear and thus prevents the Contracting Authority from conducting an objective assessment.
Hand-written Concept Notes will not be accepted.
Please note that only the Concept Note form will be evaluated. It is therefore of utmost importance that this document contain ALL relevant information concerning the action. No additional annexes should be sent.

   

 

 

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